Updated 02/07/2012 11:32 AM
Gates-Chili Coach Charged With Rape
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A local basketball coach and former star athlete has been charged with raping a student.
The Gates Police Department arrested Monte Nowden on Monday. The 38-year-old, who was the boys varsity basketball coach and a teacher aide, is accused of having sex with a girl under the age of 17 on January 30th.
Nowden was fired by the Gates-Chili School District Monday night, ending a long and celebrated association between Nowden and the district.
Monte Nowden is one the most successful athletes in Gates-Chili school history. A college football standout, Nowden returned to his alma mater and was in his second year as the boys varsity basketball when he was arrested, charged with rape, and terminated by the district.
Nowden graduated from Gates-Chili in 1991. A standout in basketball and football, he went to the University of Connecticut, where he was a two-time all-conference wide receiver and safety for the Huskies. Nowden was inducted into the Section V Hall of Fame in 2010.
Last year, the in-school suspension supervisor was named boys varsity basketball coach.
Monday, he was arrested and charged with third degree rape. He's accused of having sex with a female student under the age of 17. Police say the alleged incident occurred on January 30th outside of school hours and off-campus.
The Gates Chili Central School District was informed that Monté Nowden, the Boys Varsity Basketball Coach and a per diem in-school suspension supervisor, has been arraigned in Gates Town Court and charged with crimes involving a student. The charged conduct did not take place on school property. The information leading to the charges was first brought to the District’s attention on the morning of February 6, 2012. The District immediately contacted the Gates Police Department and officers immediately initiated an investigation. Mr. Nowden has been terminated from his positions with the District.
The Gates Chili Central School District has appointed Chris Amesbury as the varsity boys' basketball coach for the remainder of the season. Amesbury was previously the junior varsity boys' basketball coach.
Nowden was arraigned in Gates Town Court. Bail was set at $5,000. Nowden is due back in court February 13th.